The best jazz this week
Orgone Accumulator prepare to blow the doors off musical orthodoxy and Kaleidoscope celebrate their 110th genre-blind salon
Saxophonist Tobias Delius, guitarist Shane Latimer, drummer Steve Davis and keyboardist Justin Carroll of Orgone Accumulator, who play a four-date tour of Ireland this week
Berlin saxophonist Tobias Delius of Orgone Accumulator, who play a four date tour of Ireland this week
Sunday Jan 28
Bagots Hutton, Dublin, 5pm, €10/8, bagotshutton.com
äTSCH started life as a graduation ensemble put together by guitarist Mathias Winkler’s for his Newpark BA in 2016. Since then the quartet has held down a residency at the Front Door on Dame street and last November, they released their self-titled debut EP. Promising music that mixes jazz improv with a post-rock sensibility, Winkler is joined by drummer Hugh Denman, bassist Eoin O ’Hallaran and pianist Graeme Bourke.
Tuesday Jan 30
Ulster University, Derry (Tuesday); Queen’s University, Belfast (Wednesday); Black Gate Cultural Centre, Galway (Thursday); and Edge Hunters, Anseo, Dublin (Friday); bottlenotemusic.com
For the past decade, the Bottlenote collective have been applying not-so-gentle pressure to the sonic envelope with imaginative happenings such as BLEED, their musical re-animation of a derelict house on Dublin North Great George’s street in 2016. Orgone Accumulator, a situationist deconstruction of the jazz organ quartet, was developed at that show and Bottlenote co-founder, guitarist Shane Latimer, has reassembled this illustrious international foursome – with Berlin saxophonist Tobias Delius, Brookyn-based organist Justin Carroll and Belfast drummer Steve Davis – for a four date tour that will blow the doors off musical orthodoxy.
Thursday Feb 1
Sugar Club, Dublin, 8pm, €19/15, kaleidoscopenight.com
Kaleidoscope fills a void on the Irish contemporary music landscape, providing a platform for new written and improvised music away from the formality of the concert hall. Normally held on the first Wednesday of the month in the Bello Bar, they celebrate the 110th edition of these valuable, genre-blind salons with a gala night in the Sugar Club. Violinist Katherine Hunka plays and directs the Kaleidoscope String Orchestra in a performance of Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires; vocalist Michelle O’Rourke, pianist Simon O’Connor and the Robinson Panoramic quartet present songs from the pianist’s song cycle about the widows of 1916, and a new work by Irish composer John McLachlan; and master drummer Conor Guilfoyle leads his powerful new jazz octet featuring some of the up-and-comers of the local jazz scene.
Arthurs, Dublin, 8pm, €10, arthurspub.ie
Flushed with the success of recent collaborations – with star US guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, ace saxophonist Michael Buckley, and, just before Christmas, an all star sextet – serial collaborators CEO are paring their Experiment back to a trio for this Arthurs’ outing. Venezuelan pianist Leopoldo Osio, Hungarian bassist Peter Erdei and Peruvian drummer Cote Calmet draw on Latin, funk and dance grooves, and apply them to the piano trio tradition with enthralling, ever-changing results.
Carole Nelson Trio
Sofa Sessions, Billy Byrne’s, Kilkenny, 9pm, No Cover Charge, facebook.com/sofasessionskilkenny
London-born pianist Carole Nelson has been based in Ireland long enough to be called an Irish pianist – she even has the gold disc on her wall for writing one of the catchiest soccer supporter songs of all time – Ooh Aah Paul McGrath. Her new trio album, One Day in Winter, is a elegiac meditation on the season and she is currently in the middle of a slew of dates promoting it with bassist Cormac O Brien and drummer Dominic Mullen. For this home fixture in Kilkenny, Nelson will be playing what is all too rare for Irish jazz pianists – an acoustic grand piano – installed in Billy Byrnes, courtesy of the Music Network piano scheme, supported by Jeffers Pianos in Bandon and piano man Ciarán Ryan of the Galway Jazz Festival.